has been involved in the music industry since the 50's, when he kept California and the west coast buzzing about his hot country piano playing. Based in California, he became one of the most-sought-after live and studio piano players on the west coast.
His career ranged from playing with legends like Merle Travis, Wynn Stewart and Billy Mize, hosting his own music television show; and running a recording studio, publishing company and even his own record label; Poppy Records, where he recorded Del Reeves and Chester Smith.
He worked as staff pianist for RCA, Capitol, Republic and Challenge Records, playing on sessions for Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Ricky Nelson, Wynn Stewart, Rose Maddox, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell... among many others. Jim later was inducted into The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
From 1958 to 1962, he was among the most recorded pianists on the west coast, having played on countless hit records, he also secured his first solo recording contract with Republic Records in 1960. After touring with the Buck Owens Show for a year, he left for Nashville in 1969. He played piano with Roy Drusky for twenty-five years handling merchandise, booking, management and record producer. While still with Roy, Jim joined Jack Gale and so began their journey together as record producers.
Stars like Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, George Jones, Connie Smith, Jim & Jesse, Little Jimmy Dickens, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle, Waylon Jennings, Melba Montgomery, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, and Tanya Tucker were some of those involved on the Playback sessions. It was these sorts of productions that got Jim and Jack named Independent Producers of the Year for 1991. Jim Pierce and Jack Gale have continued to produce countless chart records over the years.
Jim has been the US manager for Norwegian star Arne Benoni for twenty five years. Jim recorded several duets with Lynn Anderson and Arne Benoni on Universal Records which yielded huge chart success in Norway. Several Scandinavian country artists have utilized Jim's skills as a record producer which yielded significant success.